Peace has to be seen as a basic condition of freedom and happiness, without peace there cannot be real freedom. Everyplace there is a threat or resentment, our freedom and happiness are inhibited or totally prevented. And for the highest level of freedom is also needed the highest level of peace. Hence, to experience a higher sense of freedom and potential happiness, we have to live in a society where there is a higher level of peace, and also in a world with a higher level of peace.
However, humanity must always seek to advance and reach peace and security. Living in peace isn’t just the dream of many people, but it’s necessary for a stable life in this world.
According to Prem Rawat, Peace can bring a lot of pleasure. It is so beautiful that makes it necessary. It is a concept and not just an idea. The desire for peace does not come from thoughts nor hopes. It comes from every individual.
In this research, I seek to find a way to plant and promote peace in children at first then it will be separated all over the world, and that will challenge the culture of violence at its root, which will alleviate the pain of humanity and makes the world a better place to live in.
War is a threat to security, growing from hatred while at the same time strengthening hatred and destruction in the world, so hating wars is only a motive for the pursuit of peace and the promotion of tolerance, which is the key to peace.
The best way to promote peace, is to plant it in the hearts of children to live inside them , then it will grow up with them , to make the world a better place for the next generations, which will be full of peace and tranquility and immersed in love security and happiness, using the most effective means of planting values in children, which is animation (cartoon programs ) , has been scientifically proven that the animation has a large impact in the education of the child and the implantation of principles and values within it, which reflects on his personality and his impact in this world in the future.
So to planting peace in children, we have to teach them what’s wrong and what’s right. Then we have to stop Cartoon programs which contain violence and bad habits that break children’s values. And the most important thing is to make animation programs which contain the culture of peace and not violence, in an attractive way for children, so peace will live on their minds then it will appear in their behaviors. So they will live in peace in their real life, then life will be full of peace, happiness, and caring for others.
Why do we need peace in the world?
It is because of the following:
- The positive effects it brings through love, friendship, unity. It creates a lot of constructive and positive activities.
- It is an essential element to all human rights’ realization, which will give greater chances for shortening violence and undertaking conflicts peacefully.
- It is an ingredient for moral values of safety
- For the realization of a higher level of peace, fairness, reverence, and righteousness and their corresponding standards.
- It can give prosperity, absence of enmity and hostility, cooperation and sustainable trade.
How can we promote peace?
Peace prevails when it settled as thought and action in the hearts of humans when every human being is convinced that there is no way to live in peace and tranquility except in the pursuit of peace. This is only by demonstrating good morals and loving the good for all human beings when the human race is united and feels the importance of unity for the advancement of humanity in all when humans realize that there is no point in conflict and egoism that causes destruction. When a man believes that there is no difference between people from all over the world.
Now how can we do that?
We can reach the peace of mankind by planting peace, that is, by planting it in the hearts of children from the very earliest age, to grow with them and they will grow up on it. They will take it as a path to a life in all aspects of life, political, economic, religious and social.
And we can do that by:
- Rearing Peaceful Children:
Nowadays, Children have the ability to create a world with no war in the future. Also, they have this great chance of being role model adults who are against the fight. In fact, some believe that the way a nation or a generation operates will reflect on how the parents treat their children. The environment has this great impact on everyone.
The child who grows up having access to how they truly feel is prepared with the abundant knowledge possible. Also by letting them know the social skills and most importantly the do’s and don’ts of life, it is important that we also support them to feel truly at peace and content with themselves. They need guidance whenever they feel comfortable and uncomfortable. And an encouragement to freely express his feelings from the beginning may help them to realize that we are here to understand them and support them. It will take a lot of courage and focus to achieve this peaceful parenting.
Through giving a positive feedback and right criticism to the challenges in their lives may help them to realize and reflect to learn from it. Negative action will never get a positive outcome. So as a parent, good examples should start within us. We are their role model. They tend to imitate what we do.
- Stopping Violent Media:
The animation could be much more hazardous than any other experience a youngster could witness before the age of twelve. It could cover content that would confuse the child with what he experiences in actual life, it could contain directions that refutes the parents’ orders. A faulty animation could lead a kid to have a different unwanted point of view of his parents, his peers, educator and even his God. Any negative content could lead a child to doubt his abilities, the style of thinking, the lifestyle that he has grown up according to or his belief. Any undesirable attitude and manner which are shown by a character on the screen who portray as a conqueror could lead to misinterpretation of the child and he may apply it in his life.
In a research presented by Dr. Huisman, at Michigan University, he mentioned that this type of violence distributed for kids would have one of two possible effects on them. First, a case named “desensitization” which means that the child misses logical thinking of the outcome of his actions. He is clueless about the result of his action which will be the start for him to carelessly imitate the cartoon characters together with his friends as if it is ordinary the way the adult repeat a dialogue or line from a movie or TV show with a friend just for fun.
Then his mind incorrectly begins to convince the hitting someone using a hard object is funny and not a serious matter. That is why exposing them to any violent scenes may affect their behavior and actions. Next to is fear & uncertainty. Through the exposed violent scenarios presented on TV, the child may defy the logic, which will cause him to hesitate before acting in life. He begins not to foresee the outcome of his actions, whether it is acceptable or would hurt someone.
Another research entitled “Rochester Institute of technology” performed by Thomas A. Kooijmans concluded that the violence that looks excessively and with no aim in a TV Cartoon Show, causes the extreme increase in Adrenaline production which may cause an unbalanced state of mind. The child then begins to act anxiously and aggressively towards regular situations or during his spare time with his companions.
Violence on television is not limited to the form of violence that we see on Dexter or Law and Order “cartoon” violence can also affect children cognitively and behaviorally. Cartoon violence also is known as “happy” or “sanitized” violence is not limited to animation. It is defined as any performed violence in which consequences to the victim are pushed out of view. Cartoon violence trivializes violence since it may be comedic and the serious repercussions of committing violent acts are ignored?
The concern of social scientists and behaviorists is that a whole generation of young children is being socialized into believing that war and riots are fun and cool. That violence itself is really admirable. For a hero cannot be considered a hero when he cannot destroy a whole building or entire nation within a minute.
How does televised vehemence result in undesirable behavior?
There are some researchers who demonstrated that at the early age a child has the ability to imitate and apply the violent actions shown on TV. Before age four, they are not able to determine the difference between fantasy and reality, and that violence is ordinary and not a serious matter.
Considered heroes in the cartoon, even it has violent behaviors, the child will decide to idolize them and to imitate everything they do. Like carrying a weapon just to conquer the enemies is a cool and desirable thing for them. This is obviously shown in real life too. When violence is used to get the justice of considered as a victim. Hence, defenseless youth who have been victimized may be curious to begin to think that solving problems will be much easier when violence is used.
Adolescent and Child psychiatrists, pediatricians, and physicians can influence and solve the media violence. The AAP or the American Academy of Pediatrics has created a list of recommendations to address television vehemence. Such as the ff.:
- Physicians and Parents should have an open communication about the nature and extent of viewing patterns at their home.
- Parents should be a media literate, for them to fully comprehend the risks of children’s exposure to violent scenes presented on television.
- Parents should give a complete guide to children and explain to them the meaning and the message of different scenes shown on television.
- Both institutions and home should advise children to always focus on the resolution.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACP), along with medical organizations, has been a strong activist for television standings and setting up of chips to stop certain programs. Physicians, as health promoters, must be more involved in educating the media to become more sensitive to the impact of violence on youth.
People should be speaking up to the national agencies, networks, cable retailers, local stations, and the political officers to help ensure that before the program be shown they should know and predict the possible results and effects to its audience.
- Making Peaceful Media:
Introducing the report of the Director-General of UNESCO on the implementation of the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and the Follow-up Plan of Action for the United Nations Year of Tolerance, she said that while the media’s influence on violent behavior was the subject of worldwide debate, it could also play a role in peace-building in conflict zones. Aspects that form children’s way of thinking is found mostly in the environment where they grow up. These include memorable experiences, daily events, and topmost feelings. Cartoons are part of the child’s activity, studies have proven that an average child with a facility of a satellite connection and a television at his home watches approximately 18,000 hours of television from kindergarten to high school graduation.
Computer Animation is a branch of computer graphics. It is an art which creates moving images via the use of a computer. It is designed by three-dimensional and two-dimensional computer graphics. Not all the time it targets the animation itself, but also another medium, such as film.
Computer Animation is also referred to as Computer- Generated Imagery (CGI) or Computer Generated Character (CGC) when used in movies. It can affect the human lives and the other domains such as education, work from home, personal development, household routines, civic involvement, e-commerce and extended family communication. As a result, it also shaped our culture and social system.
Childhood as a part of the human life cycle encompasses a time of extraordinary psychological, physiological, biological and social growth. During this time, the child first encounters the main agents of socialization: the school, media, peers, and family which is better and more relevant that the child would learn from, academic books and teacher, or from an animated TV Series? In the research in “Michigan University” performed by Sharmin. Ell
A right audio, visual effects with a well-written scenario and a decent looking character, are all the main factors for the child to be hooked on the cartoon’s hero, and it is enough for the child decides to imitate how the hero act such as the way of speaking, body language and even its way of dressing up. The Animated Series plays an important role in the show, these are the reason why children are engrossed in the TV series and can even sit for long hours just to watch it. While documentary shows with academic content are being neglected by most of the children. However, the child who watches educational programming are more likely to get higher grades and focus on achieving in school. But it doesn’t mean that watching cartoons has no positive effects at all. It also has and these could be analyzed in articles, hereunder by just some key points to be mentioned.
Concerning life experience, a well-built cartoonish setup could influence a child about the risks of the surrounding environment like the fire of the oven, risk of electricity, heights, could teach him spies skills, like what to do when in danger, how to use a compass, aware on the way of the wind, set a tent, build a small boat. All these and much more are skills that could be filled in a cartoon and absorbed by the child’s brain if it is delivered in a correct attractive way. A Cartoon protagonist could be the child’s model for years. For it is built by the scenario and by the illustrator, so all undesirable side effects that could arise in reality that could be presented in a situation or in a character could be evaded, triggering the child to obtain a full content of good conducts and messages to properly formed his brain .
So we have to make interesting animation programs which contain peace and tolerance values. These programs will simulate the world when it is full of peace when everyone wants good and peace for everyone when happiness spreads everywhere, then the world will be a better place to live in.
Why and how the project is innovative?
This project will challenge the culture of violence at its root, because it will plant peace in the hearts of children to grow with them, to live inside them, so peace will live on their minds then it will appear in their actions. So they will live in peace in their real life with every person in this world. Then life will be full of peace, happiness and care for others. So it is a Radical solution.
The best prevention is always the earliest so this project will plant peace inside human from the beginning of their life since they have pure minds.
In our Arabian country we desperately need to live in peace, we need to promote peace and tolerance, and we are suffering from the bad effect of media and animation on our children since it changed our culture. Having empathy within every child is the most constructive thing everyone can for us to create and produce a peaceful world. The necessity of meeting their needs with compassion has been recognized by psychologists and researchers for decades.
Everyone should start educating everyone about the critical importance of the early years. For those years are necessary and may help to prevent the children from any future tragedies which may result in a fulfilling life.
So we need to find an effective solution, by taking responsibility to change ourselves then the world will be changed.
And because children will be men in the future, we have to start the change from them, also they are still tender and fresh so their minds are pure and their hearts don’t contain hate, so that will make planting peace easier. For the experience of our highest and most basic human core values of love and happiness is basically needed a mental state of inner peace. Because if we live in an inner enmity, hostility or defense, inner peace or happiness will be impossible. And although it is basically possible to be in inner peace without outer peace, for humanity, in general, can be said that outer peace is a condition for inner peace; for where is aggression fight or war, is also defense, stress or fear, and then there is also a little place for our basic core values of love and happiness.
How can we implement the project on the ground?
We can implement the project on the ground by recognizing the importance of peace, and to live in peace in our minds, then we have to establish animation centers to simulate the world when people live in peace and tolerance.
In this animation programs we have to show peace in every part of life, for example, we can animate children dealing with each other by tolerance, and respecting each other, even if they are different. These programs will contain the culture of peace and non-violence.
To make this animation programs we need a Strong cooperation between directors, pediatricians, Psychiatrists, and animation designer because we need to study the effect of these programs on children minds and behaviors, also we need it to be attractive for children and to keep them interesting while their subconscious minds are programming on peace.
We have to sponsor this project so we can advertise this animation programs and we have to show it on TV.
And the most important thing is to believe that planting peace is possible, and we have to start right now.
The project imps. This project will have a huge effect on promoting peace in which children will grow up on peace, because their minds will be full of peace and tolerance, and then they will live on peace on all aspects of life. They will learn to respect other people even if they are different. Peace will be the path to a life in all aspects of life, political, economic, religious and social.
Then the next generation will deal with each other by using the culture of peace and non-violence, which is therefore a commitment to peace-building, , peace education, mediation, conflict prevention and resolution, human rights education, education for , social cohesion, acceptance, mutual respect, non-violence, tolerance, reconciliation, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, together with development considerations. It is a theoretical as well as a normative framework envisioned to implant in everyone a universal mindfulness and strong disposition to dialogue.
The culture of peace is a united effort to form paths for peaceful coexistence and recover the capacity to ponder about peace and order as dynamic forces of economic and political life, and social which endure through loads of actions inspired by mutual respect and earnest attachment to non-violence.
Planting peace is a global project so it will separate peace and tolerance all over the world. Children minds will be full in peace, then their houses and schools, they will grow up having peace as the path of life, and the world will be full of peace and tolerance, and the most important thing full of humanities. Then we will be able to develop the human civilization.
We can’t live in peace in our real world unless we live it in our minds and hearts at first. And because children still have pure minds and heart planting peace inside them will be easier and more effective. And that will make peace the path of life.
In this research- and many other types of research- we saw how animation programs affect children behaviors.
So this project “planting peace” will be a great way to promote peace and tolerance among people from the beginning of their life.
Then the world will be full of peace and everyone will use peace core values in the real life. Then the world will be a better place for us and for the next generations.
This project will make a great effect on promoting peace and tolerance in the world. And I am trying to learn animation processes to apply this project. I hope to establish a foundation for the peaceful animation programs .since I am one of those people who has been affected by animations programs, so I know that it’s a useful way to promote peace and tolerance. And I will do my best to apply this project to make the world full of peace and happiness.
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